Brett Wallace 1B BAL 26 Days

Orioles signed 1B Brett Wallace to a minor league contract.

Houston decided it didn't want to keep around Wallace even if he wasn't hogging a 40-man roster spot and released him earlier this month. This is a pure minor league depth move by the Orioles. There's simply nothing left to salvage here. Wallace, a former top prospect, is a .242/.313/.391 career hitter over 1,077 major league plate appearances.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 1 Month

Astros released 1B Brett Wallace.

Things have gotten pretty bleak for Wallace, a player who was already designated for assignment and passed through waivers in February. Even as a non-roster player, Houston decided to pass on the former All-World prospect who is a .242/.313/.391 career hitter over 1,077 major league plate appearances. "He's been a big part of this organization for past few years, but we didn't see a role for him at the big league level," Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said. The former first-round pick will offer Triple-A depth to a new organization and not much more.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 2 Months

Astros sent 1B Brett Wallace outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wallace was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll be a non-roster invitee in Astros camp this spring. The former first-round pick is a .242/.313/.391 career hitter in 1,077 major league plate appearances.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 2 Months

Astros designated INF Brett Wallace for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster. Once a top prospect, Wallace owns a meager .242/.313/.391 batting line over 311 games in the majors. It wouldn't be surprising if someone takes a chance on him, but he remains a disappointment.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 3 Months

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that the club's first base job will be a "good healthy competition" in spring training.

Chris Carter is pegged for the DH spot, so the Astros will have a host of competitors vying for the first base gig. "Nobody's clearly separating himself in my mind, so it's going to be a good healthy competition," Luhnow said. The GM listed Marc Krauss, Jesus Guzman, Japhet Amador, Jonathan Singleton and Brett Wallace as the competitors for the gig. Singleton certainly holds the most appeal from a fantasy perspective but is likely to begin the year in the minors.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 7 Months

Brett Wallace roped a two-run double in the seventh inning on Friday, accounting for all of the Astros offense in a loss to the Yankees.

Wallace entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brandon Barnes in the seventh inning, and delivered the clutch hit to pull the Astros to within a run at 3-2. It's been a season of mixed results for the 27-year-old, hitting .222/.285/.433 with 13 homers, 36 RBI and an atrocious 103/18 K/BB ratio.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 7 Months

Brett Wallace struck out all four times he was up as the Astros' DH on Thursday.

That's an even hundred strikeouts in just 257 at-bats for Wallace. He does have 13 homers, but that doesn't make up for his contact issues and .286 OBP.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 8 Months

Brett Wallace went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a losing cause versus the Angels on Saturday.

Wallace entered the game in a 3-for-30 slump that had seen him strike out 16 times. He's shown really nice pop with 10 homers in 181 at-bats this season, but he's still been a liability with his .221 average and horrendous 72/11 K/BB ratio. He has a lot of work to do to earn a spot in the Astros' plans for 2014.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 9 Months

Brett Wallace hit his seventh homer Thursday off former teammate Bud Norris.

It's nice to see Wallace showing more power this year -- his seven homers have come in just 124 at-bats. Unfortunately, he has just a .214 average, seven walks and a .270 OBP to go along with the homers. He has a ways to go to convince the Astros he belongs in their 2014 plans.

Brett Wallace 1B BAL 9 Months

Brett Wallace went 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Wallace has been terrific since being recalled, hitting .300 with all four of his home runs in 15 games. His season line -- .218/.274/.449 -- still needs some work, but his resurgence has made him an nice option in AL-only leagues.